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V.Mertz

4.8
4.8
1718 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
V. Mertz offers our guests a progressive, contemporary American menu with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients. We offer an award-winning wine list of over 400 selections. The restaurant is located in Omaha’s historic and picturesque Old Market Passageway, within walking distance from the Century Link Convention Center, The Holland Performing Arts Center, the Orpheum, and all major downtown hotels.


V. Mertz is locally-owned, and we pride ourselves in offering artisan products and cheeses, organically-grown local produce and Wagyu beef, and sustainably-farmed and line-caught seafood. We believe that dining should be an event, and to this end Chef Amanda Sheeler has created a harmony of food and wine, culminating in our extravagant Tasting Menu.


Perfect for business or pleasure, V. Mertz is the premier fine-dining restaurant in Omaha.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Contemporary French, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (402) 345-8980

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Amanda Sheeler

  • Private party facilities

    V. Mertz offers semi-private dining for parties of 10 or less, in an area of the restaurant many guests refer to as “the wine room”. This provides an ideal table for 6-10 guests, where business conversations or private celebrations can be held without interruption from other guests of the restaurant.We are always willing to discuss closure of the entire restaurant for private parties of 20 or more guests.

  • Private party contact

    Matthew Brown: (402) 345-8980

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Old Market

  • Cross street

    11th Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking in the Old Market is readily available most weeknights, and there are several covered and uncovered private pay lots scattered throughout the area. The closest private pay lot is located on the southeast corner of 11th and Harney Street, one block from the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,718 people are saying

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4.8
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  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Ordered the tomahawk, it was the worst steak I have ever had. Had many recommended to try this establishment. We won't be back. Very disappointed.
  2. I

    Irnigri

    Kansas City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we go to Omaha we go to VMertz. Restaurant with lot of charm. The experience was excellent. I ordered the fish and it was an explosion of flavors. The skin was perfectly crispy. My husband ordered the lamb and it was very good as well. We highly recommend the restaurant, the desserts were so delicious too. Great service.
  3. JK

    JakobKaitlinE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely incredible, you can tell they care about what they do and love doing it! Our waitress took the time to explain everything, and gave great drink recommendations. It was our 10 year anniversary dinner, and they took the time to put that at the top of our menu - it was a really sweet touch. I really don’t think we could’ve had a better experience, so thank you all so much for an amazing meal and evening!
  4. R

    Repeat

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For those special occasions where you want the very best!
  5. G

    Gobbler

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the most elegant dining there is in town!
  6. AF

    AdrianF

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary dining in downtown Omaha. Very good food options.
  7. M

    Madi

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food we have ever had. Absolutely outstanding service. A truly incredible, fantastic experience.
  8. JK

    JessicaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great service and the special touch of personalized menu with Happy Anniversary was great!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had our anniversary dinner AGAIN at VMertz! They always make date no special. The food was spectacular and the service was perfect! Wish we could have been moved away from the loud vulgar couple fighting at the table next to us, but seating is limited so we understood but it make the evening a little awkward… but all in all it was a great night ❤️
  10. TT

    TomT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and would highly recommend it. Fantastic service!
  11. TM

    TomM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were pretty busy for a Tuesday night. We tried the tasting menu. They were able to handle one regular menu and convert the other to vegetarian. All the plates were wonderful. The wine pairing was spot on. Service was attentive.
  12. CD

    CarolynD

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent The service was also excellent
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful, with the exception of things taking soooooooo long. Dinner for 2 took just shy of 3 hours. While we were in no hurry, it did seem excessive. Even a cocktail from the bar was a very long wait, I’m talking 10+ minutes. The only other thing I’d mention, the food is spectacular, however, the side portion given with the entrees was a little ridiculous. When there is a Brussels sprout quartered into 4 pieces, it’s still just one Brussels sprout. So, indicating that the side is a collection of 3 different things, and one of those things is a single Brussels sprout, it’s very off putting. I will say that our server was absolutely phenomenal; attentive, knowledgeable, and extremely genuine in all aspects. I wish I’d remembered her name, but she was a blonde gal with glasses. We truly had a great time.
  14. EH

    EdwardH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was patient and helpful as he guided us through our courses. The wagyu beef was by far the best we've ever had.
  15. H

    Helen

    Omaha

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always this was a most enjoyable meal with great service. There was a large party just ahead of us which caused our main course to be delayed longer than our server liked, so we were comped an extra glass of wine, which was really nice and just adds to the outstanding service we always get here. The food was superb again.
  16. R

    Rama

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive, smaller portions but delicious food and great service.
  17. k

    kvhudson

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best food and service in Omaha. Awesome drinks as well!
  18. A

    Angie

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite special occasion restaurants came through again. Always a delight- food, wine, and service.
  19. JB

    JeffreyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was there for our 17th anniversary and had a 8:30 pm reservation. We arrived 10 mins early and our table was ready and had Happy Anniversary! On the menu. Great service and the best meal we ever had.
  20. SS

    SunShineGrl0117

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! The service, food, wine. I love this place and it's an absolute gem in Omaha!
  21. J

    Jetkal

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johanna welcomed me and my granddaughter for her sixth birthday! We had a wonderful experience as usual! Thank you Johanna and to everyone at VMertz!
  22. WB

    WilliamB

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as always! The only hiccup was the dessert. Our cake was served too cold so the buttercream and mousse was too hard. Great place for special occasions or a nice night out.
  23. k

    kellib

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I adore this restaurant. I continue to be amazed at how many folks think it's 'too expensive'. You will be pleasantly surprised! Back in the day yes. This WAS strictly a special occasion place to dine due to it's prices. Now it's definitely more affordable yet still definitely considered fine dining. From the setting, the unique plates, the white tablecloths...definitely a special place! The food was amazing as usual. Some might not like the portion sizes but in reality that's what they should be! If you are a foodie and can appreciate great flavors more than portion size this is definitely worth a visit. I had the prawn dish with risotto and fresh peas; my husband had the pork chop. To his delight, his dish was cooked as requested which many places struggle with serving pork less than medium well. He asked for medium rare plus and that's how it was prepared! It was fileted and plated quite nicely. My dish...well... small but again flavors were fabulous. I wasn't overly impressed with the prawns as they alone didn't carry much flavor and the size of them was smaller than anticipated. The risotto was perfect! We also had the cheese plate for an appetizer and ordered the house bread (a MUST!) Such an amazing combination of flavors on the cheese plate and was plenty for two. We brought our own bottle of wine and the server did offer to decant before we had to ask which is also rare! For dessert we had Creme Brulee. Very decadent; the topping was thicker than most but still loved it! The setting is very intimate and somewhat dark but the vibe is great! The only thing missing in making it an over-the-top experience is light jazz/dinner background music. I'm just that kind of person though that for me, background music in a dinner environment like V Mertz would be stellar and help from hearing other patrons conversations. You can't help it when the tables aren't completely full. Otherwise, everything was impeccable, delish and we can't wait to go again!
  24. LK

    LexiK

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    My sisters best friend is dying of cancer. She has three months left. I took a trip into town to take them out for the best night ever. Understandably, expectations were high. Lets just say this: I am a sophisticated diner. My company was not. Said more accurately, my WAITER made them FEEL like they were not. When we arrived for our reservation, the resturant was EXTREMELY quiet. Yes, It was early. But it was UNCOMFORTABLY quiet. You could hear a literal cloth napkin hit the ground. Stuffy does not fully encapsulate the initial vibe. Unwelcome is probably more accurate. Naturally, we were committed to making the best of it. I ordered for the table. First, my waiter made sure to explain what a rib eye WAS for the "simple folk" at the table. Yes man, we know the steak has fat. Before going to law school, I worked in fine dining for many years. Yes, I know that this exercise CAN be necessary, but it also requires a certain level of TACT and politeness. Our waiter had neither. Despite ordering many shared entrees (at least the number of people at the table because god forbid GASP peasants were to share and we had to explain a SHARING FEE to them) I was told the kitchen could not slice the rib eye. This was only because he wasn't listening to anything I said. After a few minutes, he realized that I was right. No apologies for how he spoke to me before hand tho. We had AMAZING caviar and cured meat, but our main entrees were cold. I had to politely request they just be given a little more heat, and they came back cold again. We decided to eat the cold 100 dollar steak and keep our mouths closed. No managers touched our tables to make sure the re-cook was okay. Despite indicating it was a SPECIAL OCCASION, we were not asked why, nor was anything kind done for us. Nor were any comps made for the hiccups. I am concluding this review now because I am out of characters, not that I could not go on about how bad of an experience we had.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service and atmosphere was fantastic. Food and overall flavor were mediocre.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time going to V. Mertz, it’s been on our list for special occasions we just never got there. I would have to say this was by far one of the best experiences from service to the atmosphere. The food was also so delicious and the server’s ability to describe and suggest items was wonderful and something that has been lacking with service in other recent experiences. Very glad we chose here and will be definitely going back soon!
  27. PL

    PatL

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We had the risotto with shrimp, no flavor and small portion. I make much better and creamier risotto. Cheese plate was best thing we had. Lemon cake was disgusting and no one could eat it.
  28. TD

    TravelingDiner

    Omaha

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bartender who made suggestions to make a drink more to our liking. Waygu beef worth the cost
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great romantic birthday! Waiter was kind and courteous, with a touch of generosity. It ranks high on steaks!
  30. AB

    AdamB

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Very nice dinner all around and a very romantic setting.
  31. l

    lizard

    Omaha

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    we were at V.Mertz for our anniversary. We started out with the cheese plate and a few cocktails. All great. We both ordered the Sturgeon and a bottle of wine. everything was perfect until our main course arrived. clearly no one in the kitchen caught this during plating, and the look on the server's face told the whole story. She looked terrified. My husband had a beautifully plated portion and mine was the microscopic version of what should have been equal. Now, truth - I should have called it out and said not acceptable. Shame on me. However, I would expect from V.Mertz that this should have been caught by the kitchen and at the very least, our server. my husband looked shocked and was like "where's your dinner????" He shared and the food was delicious. just disappointed in first myself, for not standing up and calling it out and V.Mertz for letting it happen.
  32. N

    Natt

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall a fun night, and we'reglad we finally checked the place out. Our server was awesome, and the atmosphere was cool. Our wine and cocktails were delicious. We did the tasting menu, and about half of the courses were showstoppers while the other half left us wondering why the chef has decided to combine mint, basil, chocolate, and apricots all together on one plate. Or why one of the courses was literally almost half just a plate of anchovy flavored sauce. Don't get me wrong, the components were tasty. Some of the dishes just seemed a bit lacking in the composition department.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Based on previous ratings and reviews we left disappointed and expecting more.
  34. JB

    J3BC

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    V Mertz’s tasting menu was very creative but not sure the creativity actually worked. The ambience was wonderful, service very professional, but the courses just seemed to lack that extra punch. At this cost point, I would recommend Au Courant’s tasting menu in Benson.
  35. G

    Good

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and an overall great experience
  36. OE

    OmahaEater

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a perfect experience. Most important: fantastic, inventive, expertly prepared food. Add to that an atmosphere that’s one of the most interesting in the country — honestly! — and a team of super-sincere people and you’ve got the ingredients for a truly singular, special experience. I couldn’t recommend more highly. Thank you, VMertz team!
  37. G

    Gobbler

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have enjoyed dining here for over 20 years now. The food, drink and atmosphere never disappoints. Our server, David, is the most courteous and knowledgeable that you’ll ever find.
  38. E

    Elaine

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious. The service was outstanding. It's the perfect place for a romantic dinner.
  39. E

    Eatoutoften

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice ambience with attentive staff and top tier service. The food is very good but portions are small. If you eat appetizers, entree, and dessert, you will be satisfied though. The drinks are amazing!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding. The memory of that New York strip and the brandy peppercorn cream will live rent free in my head for days to come. 12/10 will order again.

FAQs

V.Mertz is rated 4.8 stars by 1718 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for V.Mertz

1022 Howard Street, Omaha, NE 68102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Old Market

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Contemporary French, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking in the Old Market is readily available most weeknights, and there are several covered and uncovered private pay lots scattered throughout the area. The closest private pay lot is located on the southeast corner of 11th and Harney Street, one block from the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Amanda Sheeler

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (402) 345-8980

  • Private party facilities

    V. Mertz offers semi-private dining for parties of 10 or less, in an area of the restaurant many guests refer to as “the wine room”. This provides an ideal table for 6-10 guests, where business conversations or private celebrations can be held without interruption from other guests of the restaurant.We are always willing to discuss closure of the entire restaurant for private parties of 20 or more guests.

  • Private party contact

    Matthew Brown: (402) 345-8980

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